This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by a number of very concerned South Hornchurch residents regarding access to local healthcare. The walk-in services at South Hornchurch Medical Centre closed at the start of April as a response to Covid-19, and now the only service available is in Harold Wood which is a significant journey for many residents.

The Harold Wood Polyclinic is over an hour’s journey from South Hornchurch Medical Centre and either comprises of two buses or a bus and train for residents without cars.

Jon Cruddas MP has contacted the Directors of NHS England and the Health Secretary raising his concerns about the lack of access to good quality healthcare for vulnerable residents in Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park. Jon will report back to residents when a response is forthcoming.

At the beginning of 2020 Jon Cruddas launched his ‘Hands Off Our Healthcare’ campaign in response to the closure of the Mungo Park GP surgery, which was yet another hit on diminishing local healthcare provisions.

That campaign is still ongoing and you can sign the petition calling for greater investment here: https://joncruddas.org.uk/hands-off-our-healthcare

Jon said: “I have consistently fought for our local NHS but over the years government cuts have resulted in the dramatic loss of services across the south of Havering. Covid-19 has shown us that we need real meaningful investment not further cuts and closures. I have gone straight to the Director of NHS England to seek clarification on why South Hornchurch Medical Centre's walk-in facilities remain closed, and have also asked for assurances that it will reopen when it is safe to do so.”